All India Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called on the Chairperson of the Congress parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and discussed with them the possibilities of a joint alliance by the opposition to defeat the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“We discussed current politics and the possibility of all of us contesting elections together in future. In 2019, all opposition parties will come together. Our priority is to defeat the BJP. There will be a collective leadership,” Mrs Banerjee said after meeting Sonia and Rahul at 10, Janpath residence of Mrs Gandhi.
A discussion was also held on the NRC issue. The Trinamool Congress has been attacking the Government on the final draft of the national register for citizens, which excluded the names of 40 lakh people.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mrs Banerjee had called on senior BJP leader LK Advani at Parliament house. She also met Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai.
Ms Banerjee had on Tuesday met Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar and former Union Ministers in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government- Ram Jethmalani, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha. She also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the NRC issue.
Ms Banerjee arrived in the capital on Tuesday, to personally invite Opposition leaders to the "federal front" rally she plans to hold in January in Kolkata. UNI